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Library Resources on Globalization

This guide serves as a research tool for locating information on the globalization in the University of California Berkeley Libraries. It also includes a small selection of International and Nongovernmental Organizations of interest on globalization related issues.

Getting Started : Catalogs & Search Engines | Subject Databases | Regional Databases

Primary Sources: International Government Organizations | Newspapers & News Databases | NonGovernmental Organizations

Globalization Issues: Activism | Culture | Environment | Human Rights | Health | International Trade & Finance | Poverty | Women & Gender


Getting Started

Before you begin get a broad overview of your topic by searching for books in the subject you are interested in, or take a look at some of the reference volumes in the Doe Library Reference Center. The best way to find these materials is by using the UC online catalogs.


Catalogs & Search Engines

Use these tools to find a book that matches your topic and go to the call number range to browse. Check the references and bibliography. Catalogs often display little information about the contents of books, so when in doubt check.

Google Scholar. This search engine functions as both a key word database for articles and books. It automatically connects you to some licensed content held by the UC libraries. Search this source before all others.

Oskicat. UC Berkeley libraries catalog. Includes records for most UCB library materials, including books, e-books, journal and e-journal titles, films and videos, maps, archival materials, and much more. See also the Quick Guide to Oskicat and an Oskicat Tutorial.

Next Generation Melvyl. Catalog for all UC Campus libraries, including selected libraries on campus not in Oskicat, e.g. the Boalt Law Library. Advantages of the Next Generation Melvyl include faceted (categorized) browsing, incorporation of selected journal articles, and easy access to WorldCat, a union catalog of libraries around the world. For certain detailed searches the older version of Melvyl has better functionality.


Subject Databases


The UC Berkeley library databases are listed in the
Electronic Resources Finder. Configure your browser according to the library proxy server service for access to databases from off campus.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online). International affairs database, with conference proceedings, working papers, and books, journal abstracts, and links to international affairs web sites.

Contemporary Women's Issues. Indexes a wide range of journals, hard-to-find newsletters, reports, pamphlets, fact sheets, and guides covering a broad array of gender-related issues published by organizations around the world.

Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management. Indexes conference proceedings, reports, books, and government publications covering virtually all aspects of environmental science and policy.

Geography. Covers the international literature in international development issues. Coverage from 1990 to the present.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS). Indexes journals, books, chapters, and book reviews in the fields of economics, political science, & sociology from more than 100 countries.

JSTOR. Full text of nearly 600 scholarly journals, including more than 70,000 issues, on a wide range of scholarly subjects.

PAIS International & Archive. International database for materials in public affairs. Topics include agriculture, banking, demographics, the environment, finance, government, law, and political science.

Web of Knowledge. Indexes the leading journals in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences, providing ranked searching of cited reference sources.

Women's Studies International. Indexes books, journals, magazines, and other resources related to research and commentary on women and women's issues, feminism, and gender.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. Provides citations, abstracts in political science, international relations, law, and public administration, from 1984 to present.


Regional Databases


Africa-Wide Information. A comprehensive database covering journals, magazines, newspapers, broadcasts, books and more on all aspects of Africa including politics, history, economics, etc. Combines the databases previously known as African Studies and South African Studies.

Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)
. Contains records on all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present.

Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) Citations in the area of Latin American studies from journals, books, and conferences. Coverage from 1935. Sources are selected and annotated by scholars from the Library of Congress.

HAPI (Hispanic American Periodicals Index). Indexes books, journals, conference proceedings, and official documents on Hispanic America (North, Central, and South), Mexico, the Caribbean basin, the United States-Mexico border region, and Hispanics in the United States.

Index Islamicus. Indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world. Over 3,000 journals are monitored for inclusion in the database, together with conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews. Journals and books are indexed down to the article and chapter level.


Primary Sources

A primary source is widely defined as an account of an eyewitness to an historical event, but in practice it can be broadened to include all kinds of pamphlets and government documents. The library has an exhaustive research guide on this topic as well as a guide to finding and evaluating primary sources on the web. The following are some sources of interest to this class.


International Government Organizations


The government documents collections at the UC Berkeley libraries comprise a huge collection of primary source documents from all over the world. See the Government Information Pages and the International Govrenment Organizations Subject Guide for more information.

European Union Internet Resources. Comprehensive research guide for the European Union by subject and organizational structure.

International Monetary Fund Research Guide. Basic research tool for documents and statistics of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

International Organizations & Activism. Guide to he economic, environmental, and human rights issues surrounding international financial institutions (IFIs). Includes links to international financial organizations, as well as activist groups and a select bibliography.

International Organizations & the Environment. Basic research tool for international organizations on environmental issues and climate change. Good source for environmental treaties.

International Organizations, Population & Migration. Basic research guide on International Organizations, Population & Migration topics.

International Trade & Financial Institutions. Basic outline of information resources from international financial institutions, e.g. Bretton Woods Organizations and regional development banks.

World Bank Research Guide. Comprehensive guide for researching the World Bank.

United Nations Internet Resources. Comprehensive research guide for the United Nations by subject and organizational structure


Newspapers and News Databases


Find newspaper issues on your topic by using sources in our news database section of the UC Berkeley electronic resources finder. Doe library also has a large collection of current print and historical newspapers on microfilm housed in the newspaper and microfilm collection the first floor of Doe library.

See the library page on finding newspapers for information on how to find world newspapers.

Access World News. Full text of U.S. and international news sources from over titles worldwide, most in English. A clickable may enables the user to view and select individual countries and news sources. Dates of coverage are provided. Sources are sometimes limited to the BBC and international wire services.

LexisNexis Academic. Over 6,000 individual titles of international, national and local newspapers and wire services; radio and television transcripts; and business, medical, industry, and legislative magazines, journals, and newsletters. Wide geographic coverage and translations from foreign-language sources.

Newspaper Titles Database. Database of more than 20,000 newspaper titles from over 150 countries dating back over 350 years. This is a useful source for identifying the titles of newspapers from a region during a given time period. Once you have a title use Oskicat or Melvyl to find library holdings.

World News Connection. Translations of radio and television broadcasts, periodicals and news articles from nearly every country in the world. The material is translated to serve the needs of US government agencies, so is especially strong in the fields of politics, economics, military affairs.


Globalization Issues


This is a quick list of web sites and article databases for some of the broad issues affected by globalization.


Culture

Anthropology Plus. Indexes journal articles, essays, reports, commentaries, edited works in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology as well as ethnology, archaeology, folklore, and material culture.

Center for World Indigenous Studies. Publishers of the Fourth World Journal, the first on-line journal on the advancement of ideas and knowledge from the perspective of indigenous peoples.

Cultural Survival. Web site is dedicated to providing current information about human rights and indigenous populations.

Global Policy Forum. NGO focusing on globalization with consultative status with the United Nations. Nice section on the Globalization of Culture.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences. Indexes over 3000 journals, books, chapters, and book reviews in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology from more than 100 countries.

Sociological Abstracts. Indexes over 1,900 journals, books, dissertations, and reviews in the social sciences on sociological topics as well as selected anthropology, social psychology, and urban development.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) United Nations specialized agency working in the fields of education, the arts, the natural and social sciences, communication and information, and culture. See the UNESCO section on cultural diversity.


Environment

Cab Abstracts. Indexes sources from the agricultural and environmental literature and from more than 100 countries. Covers biodiversity, pest control, environmental pollution, and rural development.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online). (UCB Only). Indexes journals, books, policy briefs, working papers, and conference proceedings from research institutes worldwide related to international affairs analysis and advocacy materials.

Earthscape. Indexes journals, conference proceedings, seminars, lectures, and policy briefs related to earth sciences. Includes searchable databases, datasets, and model systems.

Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management. Indexes conference proceedings, reports, books, and government publications covering virtually all aspects of environmental science and policy.

International Organizations & the Environment. UC Berkeley research guide on international organizations on environmental issues and climate change.

NGOs and Environmentally Sustainable Development. Excellent guide on many NGO topics from Duke University.

United Nations Environment Programme. Principal body of the United Nations in the field of the environment. UNEP plays an important role in developing international environmental conventions and assisting developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies.

World Conservation Union (IUCN). World's largest conservation organization, with a mission to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature.


Health

International Organizations, Health & HIV/AIDS. UC Berkeley research guide on International Organizations and Public Health issues.

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Chief UN agency leading the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Key publications included on the site.

PubMed. (Access to some journal articles UC Only). Access to citations from MEDLINE, PreMEDLINE, and other journals in medicine and life sciences.

World Health Organization. United Nations Health agency. Publishes the World Health Organization Library Database (WHOLIS) catalog.


International Trade & Finance

Activism Research Guide. UCB research guide on activist organizationa and the International Financial Institutions.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online). International affairs database, with conference proceedings, working papers, and books, journal abstracts, and links to international affairs web sites.

EconLit. Comprehensive index to scholarly journal articles in Economics. It also lists books and dissertations, and indexes articles within collective works. Coverage from 1969 to the present.

Geography. Covers the international literature in international development issues. Coverage from 1990 to the present.

IDEAS. Largest bibliographic database on economics on the Internet, this site offers citations to thousands of full-text economics working papers and articles from peer-reviewed economics journals.

IMF Research Guide. UC Berkeley research guide for the International Monetary Fund.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences. Multidisciplinary database indexing journals, books, chapters, and reviews in economics, political science, and sociology, from more than 100 countries.

International Trade and Financial Institutions. UC Berkeley research guide on international financial institutions.

PAIS International & Archives. International database for materials in public affairs. Topics include agriculture, banking, demographics, the environment, finance, government, law, and political science. Coverage from 1972 to the present.

World Bank Research Guide. UC Berkeley library research guide for the World Bank.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. Provides citations, abstracts in political science, international relations, law, and public administration, from 1984 to present.


Poverty

Human Development Report Library. HD72.H8: Main. Latest in Doe Ref - Gov/Stat. The web site includes the UNDP flagship publication the Human Development Report, as well as national human development reports from over 250 countries and regions.

Rural Poverty Knowledgebase. Portal of projects and programmes on poverty issues affecting countries world wide. From the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Rural Poverty Portal. Excellent portal also "powered by" the International Fund for Agricultural development on a wide range of poverty issues, country reports and development strategies, from international agencies world wide, including development banks and other international organizations.

PovertyNet. Gateway to World Bank Poverty measurement, analysis and reduction strategies. Includes topical and country listings as well as data on poverty and inequality.

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). UN agency conducting research on the social dimensions of world development. Includes hundreds of documents on a wide range of social development issues.

World Bank E-library. Database for hundreds of full-text World Bank publications. Topics covered include economics, public policy, education, international development, gender, the environment, and more.

World Bank Country Information. Web portal of World Bank publications by country. See also the World Bank Country Study series of reports.  In the online catalogs do a series search for world bank country study


Women & Gender

Contemporary Women's Issues. Indexes a wide range of journals, newsletters, reports, pamphlets, fact sheets, and guides covering a broad array of gender-related issues such as violence, economic development, health, the military, education, human rights, and law.

GenderWatch. Includes magazines, academic journals, newspapers, newsletters, books, pamphlets, conference proceedings, and government reports that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas.

International Organizations, Women and Gender. UC Berkeley research guide on International Organizations and gender issues.

NGOs, Women & Development. Excellent guide on many NGO topics from Duke University.

United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). The women's fund at the United Nations. Provides financial and technical assistance for programmes to foster women's empowerment and gender equality.

United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women. UN Division dedicated to the improvement of the status of women and the achievement of their equality with men.

Women's Studies International. Indexes books, journals, magazines, and other resources related to research and commentary on women and women's issues, feminism, and gender.



Contact Information: Please contact Jim Church if you have any questions. The government documents librarians also have an email reference service and an IM reference service available each semester.